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Document ID (ISN)108176
CIS number 08-647
ISSN - Serial title 0007-9952 - Cahiers de notes documentaires - Hygiène et sécurité du travail
Year 2007
Convention or series no. INRS PR 32-209
Author(s) Gaudin R., Marsan P., Baty G., Orivelle D.
Title Forestry and exposure to benzene - Survey findings
Original title Bûcheronnage et exposition au benzène - Résultats d'une enquête [in French]
Bibliographic information 4th Quarter 2007, No.209, p.89-93. Illus. 9 ref.
Internet access http://www.hst.fr/inrs-pub/inrs01.nsf/IntranetObject-accesParReference/HST_PR%2032/$File/pr32.pdf [in French]
Abstract Benzene is a chemical agent that is potentially responsible for increased risks of leukaemia among certain categories of workers exposed to engine fuels. This article describes a study aimed at evaluating the exposure to benzene among loggers and forestry workers, using a biological sampling method. A total of 55 volunteers were subjected to urine sampling before and after a day of work. They also answered a questionnaire on their work and several personal factors, including their smoking habits. It was found that exposures were very moderate, well within permissible levels. This was equally true for smokers, despite the strong effect of smoking on biological markers of benzene exposure.
Descriptors (primary) forestry and logging; exposure evaluation; benzene
Descriptors (secondary) threshold limit values; France; trans,trans-muconic acid; determination in urine; smoking; confounding factors; exposure tests; creatinine
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceFrance
Subject(s) Forestry
Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Exposure evaluation
Aromatic hydrocarbons
Forestry and logging